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LMP: Govt Discriminating Against Opposition-Run Local Councils

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.05.09.

The opposition LMP party has accused the government of discriminating against local councils run by opposition officials when it comes to distributing funding.

In a video posted on Facebook on Saturday, LMP lawmaker Péter Ungár accused Prime Minister Viktor Orbán of favouring pro-government localities.

By contrast, Austria handed a large portion of funding to municipalities, “knowing precisely” that they were best placed to combat the effects of the coronavirus epidemic, he said.

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Orbán, on the other hand, has deprived local councils of partial revenue by slashing car tax and local business tax, and by decreeing that parking should be free of charge, Ungár said.

Whereas some of the lost revenues were compensated for by a central government grant of 1.38 billion forints (EUR 3.85m), the money has largely gone to Fidesz municipalities, he said.

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